Little Adam Walshe was kidnapped and murdered over 40 years ago, but his name lives on in a Walmart code alerting employees to a missing child.
Used by Walmart and hundreds of thousands of locations across the United States, “Code Adam” was inspired by 6-year-old Adam Walshe, who disappeared from a department store in 1981.
In July of that year, Adam was kidnapped at Sears in the Hollywood Mall in Florida.
A little over two weeks after Adam was kidnapped, his severed head was found floating in a drain.
Adam’s father, John Walsh, hosted the TV show America’s Most Wanted for 24 seasons after his son’s unjust death.
John and Revé, Adam’s mother, founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which started the Code Adam program.
When a “Code Adam” is issued at Walmart, every employee must stop working and be given the description of a missing child so they can search for them.
The police will be called if store employees cannot locate the child within a short period of time.
According to the organization’s website, the program aims to help public places “ensure they have safety protocols in place to respond quickly and effectively to situations involving a missing child.”
“Code Adam” is used in establishments such as shops, parks and government buildings.
In 2008, police officers announced that they had concluded that Ottis Toole, a convicted serial killer, was the one who murdered Adam. However, Toole died 12 years earlier.
That year, John Walsh said he was convinced Toole did, too.
“Not knowing was torture. That journey is over,” he told Action News Jax.
“Many terrible memories in this police department searching for this little boy. Now I think it’s only fitting that it ends here, in this police department.”
Toole confessed to the murder, but then recanted his testimony and died in prison in 1996.
While in prison, he confessed to the murder multiple times, but the cops didn’t believe him given his reputation for crediting murders he had nothing to do with.
Police failed to convict Toole due to mistakes made in finding Adam and lost evidence, The Independent reported.
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A former FBI agent recently revealed a connection between Adam’s murder and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Retired agent Neil Purtell told Radar Online in September that local cops were too focused on Toole, who lived near the mall where Adam disappeared.
But Purtell claimed the case may have been linked to Dahmer.
Witnesses said they saw a man matching Dahmer’s description stalking Adam at the mall before he was kidnapped.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dahmer lived near Miami Beach after his military service.
However, that wasn’t the only mysterious connection to Dahmer.
The way Adam died was also Dahmer’s way of working – his head was severed from his body.
Purtell was one of the first investigators on the scene when police discovered Dahmer’s apartment full of human heads and other human remains.
“When I arrived at the gruesome scene with a local detective, we both looked at each other and whispered … ‘Adam,'” he told the outlet.
However, Dahmer publicly denied any involvement in Adam’s murder and the cops eventually dropped him from being a suspect.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7218648/adam-walsh-kidnapped-murdered-walmart-missing-child-code/ A glimpse into the true story of Adam Walsh, 6, whose brutal murder and kidnapping inspired Walmart’s “Code Adam” warning